Celebrating Thermal Heritage

As a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns celebrates "thermal" or spa town culture and heritage every year through a series of events

Cafés of Europe

The Cafés of Europe were developed initially for a large project that EHTTA ran in 2013-2015 where different thematic discussions, surrounded by artistic events took place in eight different towns as part of “Sources of Culture: the Cafés of Europe” part funded by the European Union’s Culture Fund..  The Cafés of Europe have been continued in recent years, and you can now enjoy them as hybrid online events on subjects as diverse as our Roman heritage (2021 in São Pedro do Sul) or how thermal waters contribute to rural development (May 2022 in Caldes de Montbui).

European Thermal Heritage Day

Every year in October, EHTTA’s Scientific Committee organises an event to highlight and promote particular aspects of our thermal towns, inviting experts in the field to discuss issues in depth and to share best practice and knowledge at a deeper level.  The first event was held on 12th October 2018 in Budapest on the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Gellert Bath, and since then events have been held in person and as hybrid events, allowing more people to take part remotely.  See past and future events here, including recordings of the 2020 and 2021 events in Baden-Baden and Wiesbaden on the themes of Thermal Architecture and Therapeutic Landscape.

World Water Day on 22nd March

Each year we use the global World Water Day held on 22nd March to celebrate the water sources at the heart of each of our towns.  These incredible natural resources are used for leisure and health, and in all of our towns you will find some very particular architecture – pump rooms and colonnades where the waters can be drunk, and temples dedicated to bathing.  Take behind the scenes tours, take part in special events in a spa town near you every year, as we join with the rest of the world to celebrate the water sources that were the catalyst for the development of each of our towns.  Share your thoughts on social media with #MySpaTown